The social studies curriculum at Orono Middle School explores the interconnectedness of various disciplines of the social sciences. Sixth grade students examine themes of geography including location, movement, and resources within regions. Investigation of Ancient Civilizations and Maine Native Studies weave a historical global tapestry that provides students with a frame of reference for future years of social studies exploration.
Seventh grade commences with a unit on tolerance and diversity that sets the tone and foundation for the year. Through discussion, reflection, and debate, students gain an understanding of the importance of respecting differences and appreciating diversity in our school, our community, and our world. Building on this framework, students are exposed to further social studies topics: civics, geography, political and editorial cartoons, economics, and Maine history.
The eighth grade curriculum couples continuous coverage of contemporary issues with a chronological approach to American History. It includes the study of American land, the American people, and the American heritage.